CLA urging council to ban release of sky lanterns

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The Country Land and Business Association is urging Norfolk County Council to ban the release of sky lanterns from its land and buildings.

The council’s Policy and Resources Committee is set to discuss proposals to ban the launch of sky lanterns and the mass release of balloons on Monday and the Association, which represents landowners, farmers, and rural businesses, is hopeful a positive decision will be made to protect the county’s environment, rural businesses and wildlife.

CLA Eastern Regional Director Nicola Currie said: “It is important that the county council educates residents to the dangers they pose: anyone who releases just one lantern into the sky risks being responsible for the slow and very painful death of a cow or other grazing livestock, or a fire that destroys someone’s home, business or life.

“There are far too many examples from our members of the dangers caused by the lanterns for this problem not to be taken seriously.

“We have been campaigning for a nationwide ban on sky lanterns for two years and have previously called for local authorities to amend Entertainment Licence policy so that new licences issued for certain venues or events can include a clause prohibiting the use of sky lanterns – and suggested this was backed up by a ban on council-owned land.

“In the eastern region, we have already seen Essex County Council, and Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils banning the release of lanterns from their land; it appears that, at last, local authorities are beginning to understand the issues.”